Growing up in the 80's was a fab time. The long summer holiday's, great fashion and of course the games, music, films & TV that burst into our homes and hit the big screen can't be beaten.
Even today, hearing an old skool track, seeing an old arcade machine or watching re-runs evokes great memories from what was one of the best decades in our time.
Having kinda matured over the years, with a love for all things toys and retro, are seeking your support to develop a range of keychains & vinyl toys based on the TOONSTAR® range of characters.
So who are TOONSTAR®? Since 2007, they have designed over 200 cartoon caricatures based on iconic celebrities currently printed on loads of stuff like canvases, posters, mugs, back to school ranges, bags and apparel, their core range of products. These are sold worldwide through its licensee's and distributors.
After months of discussions with the guys at TOONSTAR® have obtained a license to make these 2D characters into 3D toys, so we can all hang out with these guys any time at home, work or play.
With our passion combined with experience in making vinyl toys are very excited to have the opportunity to bring these little dudes to life and with your help can make it happen.
This will cover all associated costs in bringing these guys into our lives including design, sampling, tooling, graphics, manufacture. There's a lot of other not so exciting stuff like licensing and legal fees that need to be paid for. Here is a breakdown of how the funds are split.
After conducting an in-house lottery the following dudes came out of the hat.
UPDATE 10 March: We have decided to add some more up to date characters to the project. Images of the initial sculpts for some of these will be updated by 20th March.
Without trying to cause too much of a kerfuffle have chosen these guys for our Series 1 keychains. Which one do you want?
What toy isn't complete with its own accessory? Here's our armoury that will come with some of the figures, depending on the character, edition and if you're feeling lucky. Well, do ya, punk?
For us this is the fun part, taking the caricature and turning it into something that you can touch and feel.
We have been working on the designs for the last few months ensuring the figure is replicated to its original whilst feasible from a production point of view.
Come say hello to our little friends. The figures are 3" high with movable head & arms whilst the keychains are 1.5" high moulded in 1 piece.
These prototypes are hand made in a resin material. Should the project receive sufficient funding, moulds are created from which the products will be manufactured using a softer material, identical to other vinyl toys already out there.
Whilst the weapons are unpainted and still in clay form, wanted to share some of these so you can see the amazing detailing that has gone into these.
The standard edition comes supplied blind boxed in foil bags with ID cards. Random figures will be spiked with accessories from the armoury.
For the more serious collector, have devised limited edition box sets. These are all the guys from their crew supplied with uniquely finished accessories.
Limited to 250 sets with serialized ID cards & custom 3 mm thick acrylic case to show the guys off and ensure they don't escape.
For those that just want to send us some love to those that want it all, there's something for everyone.
We love it when a project comes together. Firstly, a big thanks for the support and in return will unlock the following characters.
The keychains will be added to the Series 1 range to make this an edition of 12.
New rewards will be created for these guys if the goals are breached.
Here's a timeline for the key milestones for the project.
If we reach our goal, will give the go ahead to our factory to commence tooling. Moulds are made for each characters head, body, arms and weapons.
On completion of the tooling, testing will be carried out to ensure all parts fit correctly, weapons fit in hands, arms don't fall off, that kinda thing.
Once all satisfactory, production will commence. This process is very quick, but is subject to volume and factories production schedule fulfilling other commitments.
Whilst the tooling is under way, shall proceed with the packaging. This process will be very quick as we have already begun some of this in preparation for the project.
Once the goods have been manufactured and tested once again, they will be packed and sent by sea to UK.
Upon receipt, we shall dispatch these as quickly as possible to our backers.
Whilst we want to get the guys alive & kicking as quickly as possible, rest assured quality will not be compromised to push these out the door. Accordingly have allowed slippage within these dates to allow for any unforeseen circumstances.
We have set up the usual social media platforms. Check us out for project updates, details of our journey so far and other fun stuff.
We are very enthusiastic about this project and are sure our backers will be stoked once they receive their rewards.
Whilst we shall give this project everything are also very keen to explore other avenues when we are in a position to do so, one such being 3D printing. An app that will allow users to customise their own caricature head which is subsequently printed in 3D on a character body of their choice from the TOONSTAR® range. So, if you fancy yourself as Groovy, or anyone else, this is it.
Another range we would be very keen to develop are plush toys, soft stuffed/beanie toys based on our little dudes. Move over Furby, Mister Bling is gonna kick arse.
These are separate projects for the future. Funds raised for our current campaign will not be used towards these. When ready and having proven our ability to supply great rewards for our backers, will add these to Kickstarter for funding.
In sharing our vision will hopefully get you wanting more from us in the future. Of course, all of this is subject to successful funding of our current campaign.
Vinyl toys are not new to us. Over a year ago with our desire for toys and urban art, dipped our toe into the vinyl world by introducing a range of figures inspired by the works of UK graffiti artist Banksy, with our apologies...
Here are our glossy 4" & 6" DIY Rude Coppers.
Our new addition to the family, 6" DIY Laugh Now.
The images are to demonstrate our capabilities in producing vinyl toys only and are in no way related to the project in hand. NOT OFFICIAL MERCHANDISE.
TOONSTAR® products are original cartoon caricatures. They
are not licensed, endorsed by or in any way associated with the subject of the
caricature. NOT OFFICIAL MERCHANDISE.